Screen-capture tools are available in most desktop and mobile operating systems. Besides the built-in ones, some of these can also be downloaded as third-party apps, like browser extensions. Learn how to take a screenshot on Linux, Chromebook, and Web Browser on the following pages.
How to Take a Screenshot on Linux
Linux users can take a screenshot in almost as many different ways as there are varieties of the operating system. Open the Screenshot menu in the Activities menu of Ubuntu in particular. After selecting a frame, you can choose to capture the entire screen, a single window, or a custom area.
To screenshot a separate window, you can also use the Print Screen button and the Alt + Print Screen shortcut in Linux. Select a custom area to capture with Shift + Print Screen. It is also possible to add Ctrl. It is also possible to add Ctrl to any shortcut to copy the image to the clipboard.
You can also take a screenshot when you edit the image after the Screenshot is taken in GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). Open GIMP and choose File > Acquire > Screenshot. Several options are available, including using the whole screen, a window, or a time delay. After a screen capture, the image is open for editing in GIMP.
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How to Capture a Screenshot on a Chromebook
On Chromebooks, you can press Show Windows to capture screenshots. An image of a box with lines appears next to this button, located at the top of the keyboard. Then choose Screenshot to capture the Screenshot. You can do this by holding Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows. Click Screen capture after selecting the time.
Using a keyboard that does not have a Windows Switcher button is possible while using an external keyboard. Ctrl + F5 offers the easiest way to grab the entire screen, while Ctrl + Shift + F5 gives you access to a particular section. You can take a picture of the entire screen by pressing the power and volume down buttons while you are in tablet mode.
You can save your screenshots to the Images folder instead of uploading them to Google Photos or backing them up in Google Drive. The Chrome web browser probably handles 90% of your Chromebook tasks, so many extensions are available for the Chrome web browser.
Taking a screenshot in a web browser
The four main browsers, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge, offer add-ons that increase browser functionality. These add-ons for your browser will let you take screenshots right in your browser.
- You can add Lightshot extensions to Chrome, Edge, and Firefox for free and use it on Windows and Mac.
- A capture program called FireShot ($59.95, currently $39.95) works with browsers or email clients. Images can be captured, edited, shared over social media, and saved to your computer. Extensions for Chrome and Edge are also available.
- A fantastic program called Awesome Screenshot will capture an entire page or a section, and then it can be quickly annotated (or blurred out) before being shared instantly. Firefox, Chrome, and Edge extensions are available.
- A free screen capture app, Nimbus Screen Screenshot, lets you capture the whole screen and only part of it. Those same images can also be drawn, annotated, or marked up with it. Firefox, Chrome, and Edge extensions are available.
- Safari users can take screenshots of entire pages or just selected website sections by using the Page Screenshot extension ($2.99). The program opens Preview so users can edit screenshots easily.